Well, hello once again from the land of cold and snow! And we are certainly living up to our reputation for that this year. But, spring is on the way! For someone anyway. Just not us. I mean, it is, but not anytime soon. Sigh. But, hey, I hit a new milestone! I have just gone past 75 followers and I’m on the way to 100 now!! Wheehee! Okay. I know. Some of you are probably thinking that’s not so many, but…for me it’s fabulous! I’m excited. Honestly. It seemed like such a long way off when I first started. So I’m excited! (insert happy dance). Muffin is looking at me with that ‘look’ again. Sometimes I really do think she knows what I’m writing. Oh well.
But I know what she’s thinking. Her posts get more likes than mine. But that’s okay. Sigh.
Warm Summer Days…
Just the thought makes me feel warmer. Sitting by the lake. Just small wavelets lapping against the rocks. The sky is the most brilliant sapphire blue. Not even the tiniest wisp of a cloud in sight. That blue is reflected in the lake like a giant sparkling jewel. The breeze is rustling the aspen leaves so gently like thousands of emerald colored butterflies taking wing all at once. The mossy hillside warmed by the golden rays of the summer sun. There is the gently laughing of a loon hidden somewhere on the lake. Yes, there it is, close to a tiny island, mostly granite with bits of grass and a 2 small shrubs. Probably where it has it’s nest. They seem to enjoy such locations. Suddenly a song sparrow breaks into his loud song almost right next to me giving me a bit of a start. Guess he didn’t see me sitting there. What’s that? Hey, it’s a baby on the back of that loon. Whether it’s on the mother or father is a little hard to tell since both take turns giving rides for the first while. Safe up there too. Those little babies sometimes end up as food for some large fish or snapping turtle. A white-throated sparrow is singing further along the shore to my right. A pair of tree swallows are swooping back and forth over the water picking up insects for their young. I study the trees around me but can’t see one they might be using for their nest. I hear some rustling behind me. It’s a squirrel looking for something to eat. Hmm, he found himself a mushroom and scampers away with it. There he sits on top of a small rock, munching happily, constantly looking around. After a bit I toss a peanut over close to him. He stops. And looks. Then runs over to the peanut, grabs it quickly, then back to his little rock to enjoy his new prize. It’s an absolutely beautiful day.
I stop and look out the window. It’s dark now. Still a lot of snow on the ground. But at least it’s not quite so cold now. It was actually 15F today. Felt quite nice actually.
I was able to stand outside for quite a while taking pics of the birds before my fingers finally got too cold and I had to come back inside. But even with all that snow and cold, it still is nice being out there enjoying the multitude of birds that come around here each day for food. How many you ask? Lots. Though I have had many more other years. But, there are over 40 chickadees, over 80 pine siskins,
2 dozen pine grosbeaks, about 10 red-breasted nuthatches and one white-breasted nuthatch (I’m still trying to get a good pic of him, though I have one that isn’t too bad I guess), at least 5 hairy woodpeckers, at least 4 downy woodpeckers, 6 starlings, 4 crows, unfortunately 2 massive ravens who scare everything else away and numerous rock doves (also called pigeons by some), and a dozen common redpolls, 1 hoary redpoll (who manages to escape my best attempts at getting his picture, sigh). I’ve probably missed a few. Sigh.
I haven’t been too active the last couple days, hurt myself a bit too much with all that snow shoveling. Thanks so much for those of you who were asking about me. Happens to me once in a while, unfortunately.
Photos From Today…
These pics are a sampling of the ones I got today. Except for the featured image! Muffin has a new post available and my humor page is up, I will be adding more on a regular basis so please keep checking my extra pages and hopefully a new one should be ready tomorrow. I hope you all enjoy the next few days and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
© 2019 Steve McLeod (except featured image, thanks again Candace)